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Devon Red:
Poor Scouser Tommy. I've been wondering how a song as lyrical as Poor Scouser Tommy gets started, how it catches on, and why certain songs stand the test of time? I've done a quick internet search and can't find anything concrete, although there are some suggestions that the song has been extended over the years, with the Rush lines the most obvious additions. So, does anyone know who wrote the original version? And how did the song become a Kop classic?

More generally, I would like this to be a thread for anyone to ask questions about little bits of club trivia, anything you might have wondered about and not known where to ask. Only one rule; there's no such thing as a daft question, so no super-fans jumping down peoples throats for not knowing what a Liverbird is supposed to be (what the heck is that ugly avian anyway?).

The 5th Benitle:
From EOTK:
Most of you will know the song, many of you will sing it week in and week out, either standing on our famous Spion Kop or sitting at home on your sofa watching the game. The question is, do you know the story behind it?
The chant was first heard on the famous Standing Kop in the 60′s, during my personal favourite time in Liverpool history under, in my opinion, the greatest manger who ever lived Bill Shankly. There’s two distinct tunes in the song, even though they do blend well together. The first tune is ‘Red River Valley’ and the second part is a tune called ‘The Sash’.
Although the song was first sang on the Kop in the 60′s there is one distinct modification that many of you will know about. In 1982 we had a historic Merseyside derby win against our rivals Everton, the song boasts Ian Rush’s four goals in the game in an almost mocking way towards our counterparts across Stanley Park. This can usually be followed with a rousing verse of  ’all you need is Rush’ to the tune of The Beatles classic ‘All you need is love’.
The story is about a young Scouser who’s sent off to fight in the war, unfortunately the lad is shot down and with his last breaths he utters the verse that begins with ‘oh I am a Liverpudlian’ just to show his love for the team he supports. One common misconception is the line ‘Under the Libyan sun’ many confuse this with ‘Under the Arabian sun’ or ‘Under the Radiant Sun’. However, the line is ‘Under the Libyan’ so don’t forget that next time you’re in the stands!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this breif history of the Kop classic. Hopefully of the course of the next few weeks I’ll bring more stories behind Kop chants, especially those that are lesser known such as ‘Those Were The Days My Friend’ and ‘The Reds Are Coming Up The Hill Boys’.

It's nothing like the bloody sash, mind. ;D

Edit: and it's set to the tune of 'Do you take it in the hand, Mrs Murphy?'.

Devon Red:
Thanks for that. The EOTK history is interesting, but for me it misses out the most important bit. What happened before it was first heard on the Kop? Was it written by just one person? How did it go from words on paper to being belted out by thousands of Kopites?

Fat Scouser:

--- Quote from: Devon Red on September 20, 2012, 03:36:07 pm ---How did it go from words on paper to being belted out by thousands of Kopites?

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